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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ap′op-tō′sis, ap′ō-tō′sis

Definition: Programmed cell death; deletion of individual cells by fragmentation into membrane-bound particles, which are phagocytized by other cells.

Synonym(s): programmed cell death

[G. a falling or dropping off, fr. apo, off, + ptosis, a falling]

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